2301 W. River Road
Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter
The Mission of SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is to protect, preserve and research the cultural remains of the SunWatch National Historic Landmark archaeological site and to serve as a visitor and educational center for archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site.
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is a list that recognizes historic places worthy of preservation. It is administered by the National Park Service, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The NRHP was first authorized under the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act, and its mission is to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect cultural resources. There are 80,000 listings on the NRHP in the United States, including 325 from the state of Ohio. SunWatch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The Dayton Society of Natural History has an exemplary group of volunteers that serve on multiple teams, focusing on strategic matters, providing guidance, and overseeing the purpose, plans and policies of the overall organization. With diverse professional backgrounds, fields and levels of experience, our leadership groups of dedicated and highly committed volunteers are able to bring valuable knowledge and interaction skills to the Board and committee positions they serve.
Extraordinary traveling exhibits and interactive experiences will spark your imagination as you explore the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s 94,000 square feet and two stories of unlimited learning potential. For 50 years, our professional staff and loyal volunteers have shaped the Boonshoft Museum into an ever-changing, but always family-friendly, destination.
Explore the site where Fort Ancient Indians lived more than 800 years ago. SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park brings to life the Fort Ancient culture through a partially reconstructed Village, Interpretive Center, exhibits and events.
Embracing Community Partnerships
SunWatch’s audience demographic is dynamic, well-educated and quick to embrace new educational concepts, technologies and opportunities. In conjunction with a complete benefits menu and dedicated staff for support and services, SunWatch Partners have the tools to create powerful, rewarding and mutually-beneficial collaborations.
Sponsorship support plays a critical role in SunWatch’s ongoing success, overall institutional health and our ability to fund the delivery of our much-needed programs, exhibits and educational initiatives. These partnerships are a visible sign of our commitment to this community treasure and the educational and cultural enrichment of the entire region. Therefore, the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park takes pride in providing sponsorship opportunities that award multiple marketing benefits, as well as intangible rewards that are inherent when supporting our important community initiatives.
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, and our sister site, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, are proud to play an important role in the community.
The Dayton Society of Natural History has a wide variety of employment opportunities, including educators, curators, exhibits specialists, planetarium operators, guest services staff, administration positions, and housekeepers. We will post employment opportunities as they are available for SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on this site.
The entire staff is eager to assist you with your needs! Please browse our list of departmental E-mails.
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